List of V for Vendetta characters
The following is a list of characters within V for Vendetta.
- 1 Main characters
- 2 Norsefire
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In the letter, Valerie says she is from Nottingham. While at a single-sex grammar school, she meets her first girlfriend, Sara. The couple are told by their teacher that homosexuality is "an adolescent phase that people outgrow". Valerie does not, however, and while dating a girl named Christina comes out to her parents, who disown her. A week later she moves to London to study drama.
As a young woman, Valerie stars in her first film, The Salt Flats. While filming, she meets a woman named Ruth, and the two become lovers. However, over the three years of their relationship, the situation between the United States and the Soviet Union spirals out of control and—after the resulting war—chaos erupts in Britain, eventually creating a nationwide power vacuum that the fascist Norsefire party exploits to seize power. Once in control, the new government criminalizes homosexuality and sends homosexuals to "resettlement camps".
Ruth is apprehended by Norsefire's secret police, the Finger, while buying food. Shortly afterwards, Valerie is arrested and sent to the Larkhill concentration camp. Valerie writes that she learned that Ruth betrayed her to the authorities under torture and later committed suicide in her cell out of guilt. At Larkhill, Valerie is one of the number that Dr. Delia Surridge and Commander Lewis Prothero use as test subjects. As the experiments progress, Valerie writes her autobiography using a small pencil she smuggled into the camp ("inside myself, because I am a woman") and a roll of toilet paper. Just before she dies, she passes it to the occupant in the cell next to hers, Room V. The autobiography is the catalyst that psychologically transforms the occupant of Room V into the masked "V". He then destroys the camp and escapes.
V engineers an elaborate charade in which Evey is led to believe she is imprisoned in one of Norsefire's concentration camps. V then anonymously slips Valerie's letter into Evey's cell, hoping to trigger in her the same psychological transformation he had at Larkhill. It is successful: Evey is willing to die for what she believes in, and is thus ready to become V's successor.
Adam James Susan
Adam James Susan is the Founder and Leader of The Party. He is named "Adam Sutler" in the film. He is very cruel and is ready to do anything to keep his government under control. He is an extreme nationalist.
Peter Creedy is a fictional character from the film and graphic novel V for Vendetta and the secondary antagonist. In the movie version he is played by Tim Pigott-Smith. It is suggested that he has a closer than disscused relationship with Brian Etheridge, head of the Ear, by using a pet name when informing Adam Susan of Etheridge's death in Chapter Two of "The Land of Do-As-You-Please".
In both interpretations, Creedy is head of the secret police, known as the Finger. He and his men are charged with apprehending "V," a masked vigilante whose high-profile acts of terrorism have undermined Norsefire's control of the country.
In the graphic novel, Creedy comes to power after the death of Derek Almond. Unlike Susan, who genuinely believes in fascism, Creedy is a cold-blooded opportunist whose only goal is absolute power. A coarse, petty man, he is held in contempt by sophisticates like Helen Heyer and it is strongly suggested that senior officers in the police force have little respect for him. Eric Finch's right-hand man Dominic coolly rebuffs his offer of 'closer co-operation' in spite of his implied threat that anyone who isn't on his side will regret it later.
However, it also becomes clear that Creedy is somewhat incompetent. He and his men let V escape from the NTV broadcasting centre after the 'Guy Fawkes' video is broadcast, and he lets Rose Almond through the police cordon during Susan's last public appearance, not suspecting that she will assassinate him. Nevertheless he and his forces subsequently take total control of London. However, his term as the "emergency commander" is short-lived, as his chief of staff, a Scottish gangster named Alistair Harper, turns on him after being given a substantial bribe by the manipulative Helen Heyer. Harper and his men grab Creedy and hack him to death with a razor.
In the movie, Creedy serves the ruling Norsefire party as head of The Finger, the security police who carry out the secret kidnapping, detention and mass murder of anyone who criticizes Norsefire or does not fit its racist standards of "purity". His complete ruthlessness is shown in the film, in which he evolved from a petty criminal to the mastermind behind a bio-engineered plague that devastates London, which is later blamed on terrorists and used to terrorize the public into giving Norsefire total control. In a meeting with Inspector Eric Finch, a disguised V suggests that it was Creedy's idea to use the virus not on "an enemy of the country, but rather the country itself." V describes him as "a man seemingly without a conscience, for whom the ends always justify the means."
The Finger's trademark is the black bags they put over the captives' heads. One such instance is when the Chancellor (renamed Sutler in the movie) orders variety show host Gordon Deitrich arrested for mocking Sutler on his show; Creedy personally shows up at Deitrich's home and beats him with a nightstick, splitting open his face. Deitrich is then taken away; after the Fingermen find a copy of the banned Quran in his house, he is executed.
During the second half of the movie, Creedy has fallen out of favor with Sutler because of his failure to stop V's activities and the public actions resulting from them. One night while tending his flowers in his home in suburban London, Creedy is confronted by V, who offers to surrender if Sutler is brought to him. Following a harsh rebuke by Sutler, Creedy reluctantly agrees to the deal. V and Creedy meet in an abandoned tube station, and Creedy personally executes Sutler in front of V. When V refuses to take off his mask, the Fingermen open fire but fail to take him down. A mortally wounded V cuts them all down with his daggers, then kills Creedy by breaking his neck.
Conrad Heyer is a fictional character from Alan Moore's graphic novel, V for Vendetta. In the novel, he is the head of The Eye, the visual-surveillance department of Norsefire, a fascist dictatorship ruling post-apocalyptic England.
In the graphic novel, he and his wife, Helen, play relatively minor roles, but their actions — particularly Helen's — are key in advancing the plot in later chapters. From the beginning Helen hints at The Party's plot to take advantage of the chaos left in the wake of a nuclear war; Helen apparently planned to install Conrad as the ruler of the country, while she secretly pulled his strings. She persuades Scottish gangster Alistair Harper to feed her information on movements by his boss, Peter Creedy, and the Finger, the political police arm of the Norsefire state. She promises him control of the Finger when Conrad comes to power.
Later on, Helen starts an affair with Harper, and their lovemaking is caught in a closed-circuit bedroom camera that she knows is installed in the bedrooms of every member of the Norsefire Party but she believes is inoperative. Conrad eventually watches the video in a monitoring room to his complete shock. He lures Harper into a room in his house where the same video is playing. While Harper is entertained, Conrad ambushes him and beats him to death with a wrench, but not before being mortally wounded by Harper's razor. Helen then discovers the two in the secret room, and seeing that her plans are ruined, berates him one last time before wiring up a camera to the TV set so Conrad can watch himself die.
Helen later tries to flee the city, but loses her car and ends up among a gathering of hobos who begin harassing her. In the final pages of the graphic novel, Chief Inspector Eric Finch stumbles upon the group and Helen desperately tries to persuade him to help organize a militia to try to take back the city. Finch refuses and leaves her for the hobos.
In the film, he is played by Guy Henry.
His role in the film is significantly reduced, appearing only twice in the whole film. The second time that he appears, he informs Chancellor Adam Sutler of a report stating that "V", a masked terrorist targeting Norsefire officials, would likely destroy Parliament with an airborne attack. He also states that Finch has filed a report suggesting use of an Underground train, though the subway tunnels around Parliament have long been sealed. Finch is later proven to have been right and Parliament is destroyed by V's funeral train.
Etheridge is the head of The Ear, the Norsefire government audio-surveillance division. The group is responsible for random audio surveillance. For unknown reasons he is known among other senior government officials by the nickname 'Bunny' Etheridge. He has a prominent stutter.
The trademark of The Ear is the large armored surveillance vehicles. These vans spout aerial dishes, directional microphones, surveillance devices, infrared and visual CCTV (though Earmen rarely watch the camera feed) and sometimes machine guns. To aid Norsefire, the vans constantly roam the streets of London and report their audio findings to Etheridge. He is also in charge of the "Blacklist", which is a list of all music that has been banned by the government.
In the graphic novel, he is killed when V destroys The Ear, as he was working overnight. In the film, his fate is unknown. Etheridge is last seen during the final cabinet meeting on November 4.
Eric Finch is the head of The Nose, the police division.
Bishop Anthony Lilliman
Bishop Anthony Lilliman is the voice of the Norsefire Party in the Church of England. However, it is later revealed he was once an ordinary cleric who worked at the Larkhill concentration camp where V was held, allegedly giving "spiritual support" to the prisoners before Adam Susan promoted Father Lilliman to Bishop of Westminster, and therefore V targets him for revenge. Lilliman is a corrupt bishop who molests juvenile girls every Sunday during what he calls "Children's Hour". It is strongly implied that Lilliman employs the services of a secret sex agency which recruits these young girls for him to abuse.
After Evey Hammond offers to repay V's kindness to her, he takes advantage and dresses her up as a young girl, then sends her to the Bishop. Lilliman arrives and attempts to rape Evey, however she fends him off by hitting him over the head with a lamp. V then arrives and forces Lilliman to undergo a bizarre and sadistic form of communion, and then force-feeds the paedophile bishop a holy wafer laced with cyanide. Despite the vile nature of the bishop, Evey cannot help but feel partly responsible for his murder. In the film version, Bishop Lilliman is played by John Standing, and is described as the Bishop of England, covering the "Metropolitical Authority of Dioceses in Kent, East Sussex, West Sussex and Surrey".
In the graphic novel, Dascombe is Chancellor Adam Susan's chief of propaganda. He is portrayed as a somewhat self-loving character who dislikes Mr Almond (head of the finger at the beginning of the novel). When Almond is killed by V, Dascombe initiates a relationship with his widow, Rosemary Almond, who is somewhat reluctant about the whole thing but for economic reasons has no choice. When V attacks Jordan Tower, Dascombe is set up as a dummy and is killed when the police retake the facility.
In the film, he is not killed by the police (he is not present when V takes over), though they still wound a BTN executive during the raid.
In the film, Dascombe is the head of the Norsefire Propaganda Division, nicknamed "the Mouth", and is chief executive of the British Television Network. He also helps write news reports and puts the spin on stories.
Dascombe tells High Chancellor Sutler that he is calling the destruction of the Old Bailey, which was perpetrated by a masked terrorist calling himself "V," an "emergency demolition", with the help of spin coverage on the BTN and the InterLink. Later that same day, V attacks the Mouth's headquarters, Jordan Tower, and broadcasts a message urging London's citizens to rise up against the government. When Chief Inspector Finch raids the control booth with a police team, Dascombe records the raid with cameras and later use the footage in a news segment. A vest of dynamite is found in the control booth, which Dascombe defuses.
Dascombe tries to help cover up the death of Lewis Prothero (host of The Voice of London) by saying he died "of heart failure while working late at night in his office" when in fact V killed him (at first he considers a stroke, but decides that it is "too horrific"). Dascombe also attacks the public with false reports of water shortages, avian influenza vaccine hoarders, and evidence linking V to past biological terrorist attacks, which were in fact carried out by Norsefire itself. However, it is shown that the public begins to disbelieve the news broadcasts over the course of the film.
In the film, Dascombe's fate is unknown. He is last seen in the final cabinet meeting (which takes place on November 4), where he is extremely nervous when he asks what the Chancellor's contingency plan is should V succeed in destroying Parliament. Sutler replies that if he does, "the only thing that will change, the only difference that it will make, is that tomorrow morning, instead of a newspaper, I will be reading Mr. Creedy's resignation!" Dascombe, Finch, Etheridge, and Heyer are thrown into silence while Creedy looks on.
Storm Saxon is a fictional character in the Alan Moore and David Lloyd comic book (later graphic novel) V for Vendetta. In the graphic novel, he is the idealized Aryan hero of a science fiction television show that forms an occasional backdrop to the story.
Storm's love interest is the blue-eyed blonde Heidi, and his opponents are "black cannibal filth" burdened with lines like "Leroy! Look out! De white debil got him a Laser-Luger!!" The show takes the implicit or explicit racism and lurid sexual fantasies endemic in early to mid 20th century science fiction to extremes. Storm Saxon's name is a reference to the Saxons, a Germanic tribe that populated Great Britain before the Norman conquest of England in 1066.
Storm Saxon's television programme is seen during V's terrorist hijacking of Norsefire's television station. It is also mentioned by V himself when he causes all visual and audio surveillance of England's citizenry to shut down. Even though the nation's televisions don't work, V has a collection of sets tuned into the frequencies of cameras surveying the homes of high Norsefire officials; V is so subsequently bored that he admits to sometimes missing the Storm Saxon programme because "the dialogue was better."
In the 2006 film adaptation, The Storm Saxon Show can be seen being played at the BTN television station. In the film version, Storm Saxon is played by Chad Stahelski and there is reference to a new character named "Laser Lass" (Antje Rau). Despite the changes, the imagery the show conveys is the same, as Laser Lass is portrayed as a blond-haired blue-eyed Aryan girl, while the villains are black or Middle Eastern.